The Gateway Area Council offers many fun, outdoor activities for Scouts of all ages and ranks, from a beginner kindergarten Cub Scout to a Boy Scout about to earn his Eagle.
Click on any heading to learn more about each Outdoor Event:
Explore the La Crosse Children’s Museum and enjoy a themed program and snacks put on by the museum staff in January. Enjoy the museum all evening, then unroll your sleeping bag and sleep in and around the exhibits for an overnight of fun.
Scouts BSA members have a great opportunity to learn all that they can at the annual Merit Badge Day, held in February. Earn a unique merit badge and help your advancement with fellow Scouts at this fun event!
Have a winter adventure at Camp Decorah in February! A chilly theme for a chilly day, this Cub Scout event focuses on cold weather activities, winter sports, and fun in the snow! Bring your sled, mittens, winter clothing, and enjoy the outdoors! Hot chocolate and toe warmers recommended.
Scout Troops gather in each district for their District Camporee to enjoy a camping adventure weekend in the great outdoors. Each Camporee is unique and will challenge a Troop with skill challenges like knot tying, starting a campfire, and first aid, plus unique merit badges. Check out more details about each District's event by clicking the link above.
The Cub Spring Outdoor Day offers a taste of Camp Decorah and its many programs in May. Cub Scouts can explore Camp Decorah at the shooting range, fishing pond, riverfront, and the nature trails. Fun activities vary each year, click the link above for details about this year's event.
One of the highlights of Cub Scouting are summer day camps held in June or July. This one-day event takes place in Prairie du Chien. Activities feature the core components of Cub Scout programs, with new adventures every year. The day camp offers activities organized around a central theme; Cub Scouts participate and have fun! Some of the activities that may be at the Cub Scout Day Camp are BB gun, archery, sling shot, crafts, games, and many more.
Open for Scouts of all ages during the La Crosse Logger Season. Enjoy a great baseball game and camp out in the outfield and enjoy a movie on the big screeen. Wake in the morning with a breakfast and a baseball clinic with the Loggers’ players!
Back to School = Back to Camping! Join other Cub Scout families in a relaxed, overnight campout at Camp Decorah. Always free for brand new registered Cub Scouts, this event is a great way to see Camp Decorah before the Spook-O-Ree and learn some of the many opportunities that Cub Scouting has to offer.
Every October, Camp Decorah is transformed from a pleasant camping facility to a place that is taken over by zombies, ghosts, goblins, and many other creatures of the night. The night starts with some great activities such as inflatables, haunted hay ride, spooky stories, haunted house, carnival games and much more. In the morning you are treated to a hot pancake breakfast followed by a costume contest, BB gun, archery, and fun field games. Come one, come all to the annual Spook-o-Ree.